Can more than one faculty member at the same university receive a course development grant?
Yes, more than one faculty member at the same university can receive a grant. The faculty members must be in separate departments and the university must be sufficiently large to support two new nuclear courses.
Does revising an existing nuclear security course count as developing a new course and therefore qualify for a grant?
Revising an existing course might qualify for a grant. The Stanton Foundation will review the faculty member’s application and determine the answer to this question on a case-by-case basis.
What if my university limits the number of students who can attend an undergraduate or first-year graduate course such that only a few students can enroll?
If a faculty member’s university limits its class sizes, the faculty member should inform the Stanton Foundation regarding this constraint during the application process.
Can two faculty members work together to develop a new nuclear security course?
Yes, in general, two faculty members can work together to develop a new nuclear security course. The faculty members should submit their joint application and the Stanton Foundation will determine the answer to this question on a case-by-case basis.
Can a faculty member at a non-U.S. institution apply for a grant?
Perhaps. Since very few universities outside the US have been certified by the IRS (US tax authority) as “qualified recipients” the Foundation must be able to make an “equivalency determination” before we can fund a course development grant at an institution outside the US.
In order for the Foundation to make such a determination, the organization must have been incorporated as a non-profit in its tax jurisdiction for more than six years and be able to provide its key legal and financial documents in English — e.g. the founding documents, a detailed description of the purposes and activities of the institution, and its annual financial reports. There are also certain technical tax certificates which must be provided.
Currently, the Foundation believes that it will be able to make this determination for institutions recognized as accredited universities or internationally recognized research institutions located in Canada, the UK , Australia, and New Zealand. Thus it will consider fellowship applications where the work would take place at institutions within these countries. We hope to expand this list in future years.
Is the funding available to the same faculty member for multiple years?
No, funding is only available for the period of time that it takes to develop the course and to implement it during the academic year. The faculty member should develop a budget that will enable them to offer an equally enriching course following the conclusion of the grant period, e.g. recording guest speakers so that future students can benefit from them.
Can the faculty member use some of their budget to train their TA or on projects that are not related to the course development?
No, the grant is strictly a course development grant and the money cannot be spent on other recipients or used for unrelated projects.